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Council embarks on strategic leisure consultation

27 March 2018

Derry City and Strabane District Council has embarked on a major public consultation to review its strategic leisure provision in the Derry and Strabane areas.

The purpose of the consultation process is to assist Council in informing the business case for new leisure facilities at Templemore Sports Complex in Derry and Riversdale Leisure Centre in Strabane.

Deloitte has been appointed by Council to carry out the consultation process that will involve engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including user and non-users of leisure facilities across the Council area.

As part of the process, the company will engage with the public to gauge levels of participation and usage at our current facilities and to look at the potential levels of increased participation following the proposed redevelopment of the new facilities.

The consultation process will also look at trends in sporting, leisure and spa participation and look for evidence of need and demand for an indicative facilities mix and a measure of demand for defined facilities.

To take part the public are invited to take part in an online survey that will be available from this week via the Council website at www.derrystrabane.com/consultations

Council will also carry out a street survey facilitated by face to face survey collectors that will be located at various locations such as shopping centres, bus stations and leisure facilities in Derry and in Strabane this week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 27, 28 and 29 March.

Encouraging the public to take part in the consultation process the Mayor Cllr Maoliosa McHugh says the strategic leisure programme is the Council’s most significant capital investment project.

“This project represents an investment of over £50m by the Council in first class and high quality leisure facilities. It is a key objective of our Strategic Growth Plan in recognising the needs of local communities to provide sport and leisure facilities that will have a positive impact on the physical and well-being of our citizens.”